Case Law Update

  The following criminal cases of note were decided during the last week: Federal Law Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals United States v. Guzman-Ibarrez: The panel vacated a conviction and sentence for illegal reentry after deportation or removal in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1326 and remanded for the district court to consider whether the…

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Case Law Update, Week ending 7-3-15

The following criminal cases of note were decided during the last week: Federal Law United States Supreme Court Glossip v. Gross: In an opinion authored by Justice Alito and joined by the Chief Justice and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas, the Court found that Oklahoma death-row inmates §1983 claim failed to establish a likelihood of…

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State v. Reis (Summary)

  Washington State Supreme Court State v. Reis: In a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Wiggins, the court found that the 2011 amendments to RCW 69.51A.040 do not decriminalize the possession of marijuana for medical use because such decriminalization was conditioned upon the establishment of a statewide registry of medical marijuana patients. However, because Governor…

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Case Law Update (February 2015)

The following criminal cases of note were decided during the last two weeks: Federal Law  United States Supreme Court Holt v. Hobbs: Justice Alito, writing for a unanimous Court, held that Arkansas Department of Correction should have provided a reasonable exception to its prohibition against beards to the petitioner, a devout Muslim for whom shaving…

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Case Law Update (August, 2014)

Washington State Law Supreme Court of Washington State v. Homan:  In an opinion authored by Justice Wiggins and joined by Chief Justice Madsen and Justices Fairhurst, J.M. Johnson (P.T.), Stephens, Gonzalez, and Gordon McCloud, the Court found sufficient evidence to uphold Mr. Homan’s conviction of child luring when the evidence demonstrated that Mr. Homan had…

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Case Law Update 11-25-11

From the Desk of Dena Alo-Colbeck The following criminal cases of note were decided this week: Washington State Law Division One Court of Appeals State v. Duncalf:  The Court upheld the jury’s general and special verdicts, finding that the two could be harmonized.  The Court reasoned that the special verdict, a finding of an aggravating…

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Case Law Update 11-18-11

The following criminal cases of note were decided this week:   Washington State Law   Washington State Supreme Court Personal Restraint of Coats:   The court reviewed a challenge to Mr. Coats’ judgment and sentence that was brought fourteen years after the fact when Mr. Coats claimed that the document erroneously states that the maximum sentence for…

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Criminal Case Law Update 11-11-11

The following criminal cases of note were decided this week: Washington State Law Washington State Supreme Court In Re Detention of Danforth: The Court found that Mr. Danforth’s actions in describing to an officer in the King County Sheriff’s Office his history of sex offenses and explicitly outlining his plans to molest boys and have…

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Case Law Update, Week Ending 11-3-11

From the Desk of Dena Alo-Colbeck The following criminal cases of note were decided this week: Washington State Law Washington State Supreme Court State v. Immelt: The Court overturned Ms. Immelt’s conviction for violating a noise ordinance by sounding her car horn at length in front of a neighbor’s house in the early morning hours.…

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